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Cybersecurity Support Continues

On May 26, 2024, 2023, representatives from twelve organizations met with the Federal Communications Commission to discuss the possible addition of next-generation firewalls and other network security services to the E-rate program’s eligible services framework. In the meeting, the groups urged the FCC to:

  • “Make advanced or next-generation firewalls and related features eligible for E-rate Category 2 support beginning in 2024.
  • Increase Category 2 funding levels, within the E-rate program’s existing aggregate cap, to cover investments in modern firewalls.
  • Provide this limited E-rate cybersecurity support in a manner that is minimally burdensome to applicants, allowing schools and libraries to select the modern firewall technology best suited to their specific needs.”

The meeting included representatives from:

  • All4Ed
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
  • Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)
  • Foresight Law + Policy, PLLC
  • Funds for Learning
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA)
  • Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition
  • State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA)
  • State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

A summary of the meeting may be found in the groups’ ex parte filing with the FCC here.

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